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Freedom Rangers are Hybrids?

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I've heard a lot of great things about Freedom Rangers - especially the ability to keep them as a self-sustaining flock of meat birds, unlike Cornish Rocks. Then I came across this article: http://www.motherearthnews.com/happy-homesteader/wrong-about-freedom-rangers-zb0z10zgri.aspx

Are Freedom Rangers too good to be true? Are they actually hybrids?

And, for that matter, does that mean Freedom Rangers could be crossed with Cornish Rock to produce another burst of hybrid vigor? Or crossed with another fast growing and/or meaty breed for that F1 vigor?

Raising American Buff and Pilgrim Geese, Ancona, Harlequin, Rouen, Campbell, Saxony, and Buff ducks, Muscovies, Rosecomb Barred Rock, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, Wheaten/Blue Ameraucana, and Red Ameraucana chickens, Blue/Royal Palm and Blue Slate turkeys, Jumbo Coturnix quail, Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Redclaw Lobsters, Blue Tilapia, and an assortment of show rabbits. Hatching eggs available.
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Raising American Buff and Pilgrim Geese, Ancona, Harlequin, Rouen, Campbell, Saxony, and Buff ducks, Muscovies, Rosecomb Barred Rock, Blue Laced Red Wyandotte, Wheaten/Blue Ameraucana, and Red Ameraucana chickens, Blue/Royal Palm and Blue Slate turkeys, Jumbo Coturnix quail, Jumbo Ringneck Pheasants, Redclaw Lobsters, Blue Tilapia, and an assortment of show rabbits. Hatching eggs available.
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Yes, FR are definetly a hybrid.  They just haven't been bred to develop as fast as the CX.  I'm not real sure what their genetic make-up is.

Buff Orpingtons, Barnevelders, Speckled Sussex, and Black Copper Marans.  Cornish Cross from March-November.  Wish List - Dark Cornish
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Buff Orpingtons, Barnevelders, Speckled Sussex, and Black Copper Marans.  Cornish Cross from March-November.  Wish List - Dark Cornish
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post #3 of 5

oh yea... definitely a hybrid

there are lots of threads here with people asking about them breeding true

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If you don't rescue, DON'T BREED.

My tax dollars pay for your irresponsibility.  SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS, dog pimp isn't a job.
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post #4 of 5

Has anyone on here bred from their Freedom Ranger flock?  If so, what can you tell us what generation #2 is like?  I would love to get some FR this Summer to see them in action (and maybe experiment with breeding them with some of my other birds, like my Dark Cornish).

As long as its a healthy, active meaty bird that can free range I'm not too picky about bloodlines.

My "farm" includes 1 Border Collie, 9 heritage breed hens, 1 Barred Rock rooster, 4 Dark Cornish, and 3 Pilgrim Geese. I'm blessed by a loving Lord with 3 great children and a beautiful wife--who is my greatest friend and love, next to Christ.

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My "farm" includes 1 Border Collie, 9 heritage breed hens, 1 Barred Rock rooster, 4 Dark Cornish, and 3 Pilgrim Geese. I'm blessed by a loving Lord with 3 great children and a beautiful wife--who is my greatest friend and love, next to Christ.

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They are a mixed breed/cross breed.

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